Headlines of interest, mid to late December 2015…

Update on our tracking of the BMZ Group oil tanker Armada Fair:

A summary of its itinerary over the past month: leaving the Ukrainian port of Nikolaev on Dec. 1, the Armada Fair went to the Turkish port of Mersin (in the vicinity of the Syrian border), then headed back to the Black Sea, initially listing its next port of call as the Russian port of Kavkaz – an odd itinerary considering the accusations that the Russians have been leveling against BMZ Group investor Bilal Erdogan as a trafficker of ISIS oil. Upon entering the Black Sea, however, the Automatic Identification System (AIS) on board was apparently  turned off, as the ship’s movements went dark for 34 hours. Incidentally, as the Armada Fair was entering the Black Sea, the USS Ross was leaving. Bosporus ship spotter tweets…

@alperboler (11:29 PM – 16 Dec 2015) – DDG 71 USS Ross of @USNavyEurope left the BlackSea after 2 weeks. Heading south towards the dardanelles. #rain

The ship later reappeared off the coast of Ukraine, then anchored in international waters (circa Lat. 46.28103 N., Long. 31.10284 E.) near Odessa until Sunday morning, Dec. 20, when just after midnight UTC it proceeded towards the port of Dneprobugsky, where it docked. On the evening of Dec. 21 it departed port and listed its next stop as Ravenna Italy (ETA: 2015-12-29 02:00), but instead its next port was the Turkish canal of Canakkale on Christmas Eve, from which it then proceeded through the Aegean and Adriatic en route to Italy. Its exact whereabouts between 12-29 02:08 (where it was located just off the coast of Ravenna) and 12-30 16:43 (same location) are uncertain as there is no AIS data during this period. At present (12-31 01:01) it is docked in Ravenna (this is according to VesselFinder.com whose last AIS “ping” was at 18:48 UTC, while MarineTraffic.com has it anchored off the coast of Ravenna, as of 16:43).

It is worth noting that another BMZ Group oil tanker, the Mecid Aslanov, departed Izmir in western Turkey on Dec. 18 and according to its original itinerary was scheduled to to arrive Dec. 22 in the Portuguese port of Porto; it however changed course and ended up docking in the Ukrainian port of Yuzhny on Christmas Eve. Its AIS then went dark for over 27 hours and then turned back on (9 minutes after our update of Dec. 26 01:00 UTC) just before leaving port. Its next port of call is Port Sudan (ETA 2016-01-03 12:00), but not without a brief stop (like the Armada Fair before it) at Canakkale on Dec. 28.

Another in the BMZ Group, the Begim Aslanova (a chemical tanker), is en route to Marseille (ETA: 2016-01-08 10:00) having departed (ATD: 2015-12-30 10:40) from the Ukrainian port of Izmail (ATA: 2015-12-27 11:34), with its previous port of call listed as Haifa in Israel (ATD: 2015-12-19 22:37).

Note: we have been relying primarily on MarineTraffic.com, according to which the Armada Fair in the second week of December was only anchored near Mersin without making a port of call. VesselFinder.com however lists the Armada Fair as having made a port of call at Mersin on Dec. 11, 12:20 UTC.

Mersin has been the site of other sorts of shady trades…

Wayne Madsen ReportDecember 16-17, 2015 — The link between Houston and ISIL’s vehicles

Last December, jihadist guerrillas of the Ansar al-Din Front, one of the many jihadist groups in Syria that have been backed by the Central Intelligence Agency, Turkey, and Israel, were shown in the back of an armed Ford F250 pickup truck bearing a decal with the name of the Mark-1 Plumbing company in Houston, Texas. It turns out that the company’s owner, Mark Oberholtzer, had sold the truck tothe Charlie Thomas Ford dealership. The dealer failed to remove the decal before it resold the truck. The truck eventually ended up in the hands of the Islamic State and Oberholtzer was subjected to death threats and a vicious hate campaign when a photograph of the jihadists in his truck hit the news wires. Oberholtzer is suing the Ford dealer for over $1 million in personal and financial damages.

The truck was sold at an auction by the Ford dealer last November 11 and on November 18 it was shipped from Houston to Mersin, Turkey, which lies about 100 miles from the Syrian border. No information has been provided about the Turkish interlocutor in the sale of the truck nor the identity of the sales agent in Houston who bought the vehicle at auction on behalf of the Turkish client. The media is asking how a used truck in Houston could have ended up with the Islamic State in Syria. As previously reported by WMR seven years ago, there is a “protected” pipeline of stolen vehicles from Houston to the Middle East…

October 6-7, 2008 — Stolen vehicles used in murders of US troops in Iraq linked to Houston vehicle theft ring

IndependentMaltese ships owned by Turkish president’s son being implicated in ISIS oil trade

Fort Russ (translation of Laurent Courtois Nov. 29 article in Novorossia Today) – Blood oil and the Raqqa-Ankara-Kiev axis

RTRussian intel spots 12,000 oil tankers & trucks on Turkey-Iraq border – General Staff

Most smuggled ISIS oil goes to Turkey, sold at low prices – Norwegian report – citing…

KlassekampenIS kan pumpe olje i ti år

TelegraphDramatic video of Russian air strikes ‘on Islamic State oil empire’

Al MonitorAmid financial hardship, Erdogan looks to Qatar as ‘rich daddy’

Al ArabiyaSaudi King Salman meets Turkey’s Erdogan

The Russians foul the air of Istanbul – the Smetlivy (which had the little dust-up with a Turkish fishing vessel earlier in the month) passes through the Bosporus on Dec. 27…

@alper bölerSmetlivy contributed generously to the heavily polluted air of #Istanbul.. just like before

Now the unanswered question is; WTH was Smetlivy doing in full-stop for days (weeks?) near TR-RO-RU internet cables?

Erdogan now sparring with Greece?…

H KAΘHMEPINHGreek and Turkish jets in dogfight over Aegean

DWGerman Bundeswehr to deploy more troops to Turkey aboard NATO AWACS planes

How close to WWIII?…

NBC NewsU.S. Carrier Harry S. Truman Has Close Call With Iranian Rockets

NavyHarry S Truman CSG Launches First OIR Missions

We are still digesting Seymour Hersh’s latest, which on certain points defies things we thought we knew – not that we are epistemically privileged, of course, but our best guesses suggested otherwise. One point of contention – which may show poor judgement on the part of the Joint Chiefs of Staff  – would be the notion that Israel has an interest in seeing Islamic State and particularly Jabhat al-Nusra defeated, when in fact there is evidence that the latter has received logistic support from Israel.

London Review of BooksMilitary to Military

…The Joint Chiefs felt that a direct challenge to Obama’s policy would have ‘had a zero chance of success’. So in the autumn of 2013 they decided to take steps against the extremists without going through political channels, by providing US intelligence to the militaries of other nations, on the understanding that it would be passed on to the Syrian army and used against the common enemy, Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State…

Germany, Israel and Russia were in contact with the Syrian army, and able to exercise some influence over Assad’s decisions – it was through them that US intelligence would be shared…

…The Joint Chiefs let it be known that in return the US would require four things: Assad must restrain Hizbullah from attacking Israel; he must renew the stalled negotiations with Israel to reach a settlement on the Golan Heights; he must agree to accept Russian and other outside military advisers; and he must commit to holding open elections after the war with a wide range of factions included. ‘We had positive feedback from the Israelis, who were willing to entertain the idea, but they needed to know what the reaction would be from Iran and Syria,’ the JCS adviser told me. ‘The Syrians told us that Assad would not make a decision unilaterally – he needed to have support from his military and Alawite allies. Assad’s worry was that Israel would say yes and then not uphold its end of the bargain.’…

His worries were justified. See for instance this article from Jan. 14, 2015 in Al MonitorAre Israel, Jabhat al-Nusra coordinating on attacks in Syria?

Or, see Nicola Nasser in the Dec. 19 2014 Asia Times Israel lends al-Nusra a hand in Syria

SputnikSaudi Arabia’s Top Cleric Says Daesh Militants Are ‘Israeli Soldiers’

IntelNewsIsrael silent after assassination of key Hezbollah figure in Damascus

A little help (in looking the other way) from the Russians…

Wayne Madsen ReportDecember 21-22, 2015 — Hezbollah irate over Israeli assassination of its official in Damascus

Israeli aircraft killed Kuntar and a number of Syrian civilians, including women and children, when they fired four long-range air-to-ground missiles at a residential building in the densely-populated Jaramana neighborhood of Damascus. The Israeli planes may have been beyond the radar coverage of the Russian S-400 air defense systems deployed in Syria to protect Russian and Syrian government forces. However, some Hezbollah officials suspect that Russia gave the Israelis the green light to launch their missiles against Kuntar.

Late last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met in Paris during the International Climate Conference. The leaders hailed the increased military cooperation between their two nations and the military officials of the two countries are holding periodic meetings. In September, Netanyahu flew to Moscow for talks with Putin on Syria and in October it was announced that a military hot line had been established between the air forces of the two nations.

In early December, a Russian military plane veered over Israeli airspace but it was not shot down as was another Russian jet that strayed over a small portion of Turkish airspace in Hatay neighboring Syria.

Hezbollah officials suspect that Syria’s Russian allies may have sold out the Lebanese group to the Israelis and permitted the Israeli attack on their commander in Damascus by standing down Russian forces operating in Syria and in the eastern Mediterranean. Privately, Syria, Iran, and Hamas are all demanding an explanation from Moscow about how the Israeli attack could have occurred with the Russian radar surveillance umbrella over Syria.

DEBKAfileIDF chief Eisenkott answers Nasrallah’s threat with warning

InfowarsSy Hersh: Turkey a ‘Total, Complete Supporter of ISIS’

Boiling Frogs Post (EyeOpener Report with Sibel Edmonds and James Corbett) – The Final Stage of Erdogan’s Takedown?

AntiMediaThird Journalist Killed in 3 Months in Turkey in Suspected Assassination

Intelligence OnlineParis lands $600 million arms deal in Riyadh for Xmas

IndependentUK Government attempting to keep details of secret security pact with Saudi Arabia hidden from public

Zero Hedge (citing the Twitter feed of “J. Pierpont Morgan“) – ISIS, Al Qaeda And The CIA: The Documented Connection

Veterans TodayCIA-Mossad Party Animal Caught in Iraq

SputnikKidnappers of Qatari Royal Family Members ‘Haven’t Made Any Demands’…Yet

Iraqi Security Arrests Five Suspected of Kidnapping Qatari Royals

Middle East Eye (AFP) – Qatari royal planes land in Switzerland over medical emergency

Antiwar92 Killed in Iraq as PM Comes Under Rocket Fire in Ramadi

22 Killed in Iraq as U.S. Admits Mistakes in Airstrike

APUS troops killed near Bagram, Taliban insurgency intensifies

U.S. boots on the ground in Libya? These are the ones who were caught. We would wager that there are others…

GuardianSecret US mission in Libya revealed after air force posted pictures

Maghreb ConfidentialFormer Gaddafi lobbyist White & Case to work for Tobruk

Economic Policy JournalMuammar Gaddafi’s Address to the London School of Economics, December 2010

ReutersJapan’s far-flung island defense plan seeks to turn tables on China

Al MonitorHas Israel’s civil war already started?

LaRouchePACArgentina’s Macri Moves To Undo China Infrastructure Accords, and Go with the Queen’s Environmentalists Instead

Argentina Independent Thousands Protest Against Changes to Media Law

TeleSURNew Argentine Government Orders Suspension of Senate TV Channel

Thousands Join Paraguay General Strike

Japan TimesJapan, South Korea reach ‘final’ deal to settle ‘comfort women’ issue

PieczenikMadame Grudet, “Madame Claude” The Most Elegant French Pimp Dies in Penury!

Blacklisted NewsBill Clinton And The Pedophile: The Sex Scandal That Could Destroy Hillary’s Presidential Ambitions

New York TimesDonald Trump Takes On Bill Clinton’s Behavior Toward Women

PoliticoClinton campaign sweats out data breach damage

The HillSanders’s suit against DNC still alive in federal court

WaPoPornographic email scandal roils Pennsylvania politics

FOX NewsChicago mayor cuts Cuba vacation short to address weekend police shooting

Cleveland.comTamir Rice decision: No indictments of Cleveland police officers

RT‘I am Tamir’: Streets, Brooklyn Bridge shut down in NYC after shooter of 12yo Rice walks free

NBC NewsHeavily Armed Anti-Terror Police to Guard Times Square on New Year’s

Intercept (Glenn Greenwald) – Those Demanding Free Speech Limits to Fight ISIS Pose a Greater Threat to U.S. Than ISIS

Intelligence OnlineIsrael’s Magen reinvents Wifi interception

ReutersIsraeli missile defense director dismissed over security breach

Wall Street JournalU.S. Spy Net on Israel Snares Congress – mirrored at Cryptome

Palantir and Investors Spar Over How to Cash In

The Sullen BellAshton Carter – his proximity to the Rothschilds

InterceptThe Secret Surveillance Catalogue

Defense OneNSA Will Overhaul Its Workforce Next Year

33rd SquareConcern Growing Over Russia and China’s ‘Enhanced Human Operations’

ThereAreNoSunglasses (citing Jonathan D. Moreno in the Fall 2004 issue of Cerebrum) – DARPA On Your Mind–9/1/2004

Dutchsinse12/12/2015 — Large pulse of Radio Frequency detected coming from ALASKA — HAARP caught in action?

WaPoFreak storm pushes North Pole 50 degrees above normal to melting point

ENENews“Nuclear Nightmare”: Children with mutations “on almost every street” — Deformed heads, lopsided bodies, “toad skin”, eyelids turned inside out — School built using radioactive waste “part of community outreach project” — Nuclear Expert: “Exceptionally worrying, no one should’ve been living anywhere near”

Democracy Now (Erin Brockovich) – California Methane Gas Leak is Worst U.S. Environmental Disaster Since BP Oil Spill

SlashgearNow the TSA can force you to go through the body-scanner

Natural NewsANALYSIS: Chipotle is a victim of corporate sabotage… biotech industry food terrorists are planting e.coli in retaliation for restaurant’s anti-GMO menu

And finally, from the WMR news and pithy coments page

  • Malaysian 370 possibly hit by US Tomahawk missile to prevent an aerial terrorist attack on Reunion. Link not available:
    • 4/12/2015 Russian TV show says Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was hit by US missile

    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing may have been hit by an American Tomahawk missile to prevent co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid from carrying out a terrorist attack in Reunion Island, an overseas department of France, Andrey Karaulov alleged in the 14 December edition of his “Moment Istiny” weekly programme on the St Petersburg-based national Channel Five.

    Fariq Abdul Hamid, who was Muslim by religion, may have wanted to take revenge for cartoons about Prophet Muhammad that were published by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, Karaulov explained.

    There is indeed a US military base in the Indian Ocean that has Patriot missiles, historian and military expert Aleksandr Shirokorad said.

    “The theory of an attack from the French overseas department is quite convincing,” Shirokorad noted.

    “This is the only plausible explanation,” Karaulov’s guest Mikhail Delyagin agreed.

    According to Karaulov, on 8 March 2014, when the Boeing! 777 disappeared, the publisher and the editor in chief were on vacation in Reunion. The co-pilot directed the aircraft there because it did not have enough fuel to fly to Paris, he deduced.

    The USA have satellites that monitor the Indian Ocean, so they could have detected the stray airliner even with its communication systems turned off. “They realized that it was a terrorist threat” and decided to down it with a missile, Karaulov said.

    Even if we ask the Pentagon head whether they shot the Boeing down, he will give an evasive answer and “tell us to call tomorrow”, because if truth comes out, he will be held accountable, Karaulov added. “When I called the Berkshire sheriff [sic!] and asked him whether it was indeed the body of Berezovskiy that you handled, he told me to call again tomorrow,” Karaulov said, slightly diverting from the main topic of the programme. He explained that he did not believe exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovskiy had committed suicide b! ecause the latter had loved his mother very much.

  • Source: TRK Peterburg Channel Five TV, St Petersburg, in Russian 2015 gmt 14 Dec 15

 

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Headlines of interest, early to mid December, 2015…

Update from our Dec. 3 installment, concerning allegations in the French edition of Novorossia Today of Bilal Erdoğan’s shipping fleet transporting ISIL oil to Ukraine. Nikolaev is the last known port of the BMZ Group tanker Armada Fair (ATD 2015-12-01 18:42). From there it proceeded to the vicinity of Mersin, where it anchored but did not dock, according to the Automatic Identification System (AIS) data. Much of the scrutiny concerning the ISIS oil trade has focused on nearby Ceyhan. Armada Fair then quickly proceeded through the Adriatic at the time of an incident between the Russian destroyer Smetlivy and a Turkish fishing boat. It passed through the Bosporus on Tuesday 12/15 and then, upon entering the Black Sea, apparently turned off its AIS, as the last “ping” was received at 2015-12-15 16:19 UTC, when the Armada Fair went silent for 34 hours, before reappearing in the North West of the Black Sea in the morning of Dec. 17 (02:18 UTC). It is now on a route to the Ukrainian port of Dneprobugsky (ETA 2015-12-17 15:00). The ship had been set to arrive at the Russian Port of Kavkaz (ETA 2015-12-17 04:00) before changing its itinerary somewhere in the Black Sea. (It should be noted that Kavkaz and Nikolaev are equidistant from the Bosporus.) Needless to say, the AIS information coming from this ship is highly irregular and does arouse suspicion as to the business it is conducting. – Traffic data courtesy of MarineTraffic.com.

RTRussian destroyer fires warning shots at Turkish fishing boat on collision course in Aegean

Russian Navy chases off Turkish vessel impeding drill platform transit in Black Sea

Bosphorus Naval NewsRussian Submarine Alrosa Passed Through Bosphorus

Hurriyet DailyTurkey detains 27 Russian commercial ships in retaliation

Tensions escalate and armies assemble in the region…

Middle East EyeIraq to take Turkey to the UN for ‘blatant breach of the UN charter’

Daily SabahWithdrawal of Turkish troops from Iraq out of question, President Erdoğan says

Dec. 11 – US, Turkey discuss placing American patrol jets on Syrian border

Only to remove them, beginning Dec. 16…

EUCOM LiveF-15 Eagles to Return from Incirlik

RTTurkish jets strike Kurdish positions in Iraq amid rising tension between Ankara & Baghdad

100,000 foreign troops incl. Americans to be deployed in Iraq, MP claims

LaRouchePACNATO Has Moved to a War Footing Against Russia

Today’s ZamanNATO to keep Patriots in Turkey for another year at Ankara’s request

Alert 5 (Bundeswehr) – Luftwaffe Tornados arrived at Incirlik Airbase, Turkey

SputnikRussia Sends Attack, Transport Helicopters to Air Base in Armenia

Are Erdogan’s Grey Wolves Terrorists Knocking on Crimea’s Door?

ReutersU.S. conducting ‘serious review’ of alleged Iran missile test

Space War (AFP) – Iran missile launch violated UN resolution: UN experts

Y-netIsrael successfully tests Arrow 3 missile defense system

Middle East Eye (AFP) – Israel and Turkey reach deal to normalise ties: Report

Al MonitorDid Erdogan threaten Iran?

…there are reports of a growing rift between Iran and Turkey resulting from reports that during a phone conversation Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Rouhani about the negative press he and his family have been receiving in Iran…

At a press conference Dec. 8, Mohammad-Bagher Nobakth, spokesman for the Rouhani administration, said … that during the phone conversation between the two leaders, many issues were discussed, and “one of them was Erdogan’s concern about articles regarding him and his family in one of the Iranian media outlets.” Nobakht said Rouhani’s response was that “in Iran there is democracy and sometimes media publish such articles.”

One might question how democratic Iran’s press is domestically, but that aside…

RTTurkey detains & deports Russian journalists investigating ISIS oil trade reports

21st Century WireMafia State: Turkish MP Now Faces ‘Treason’ Charges For Revealing How ISIS Used Turkey For Smuggling Chemical Weapons

Kerry gives a concession: Assad can stay, temporarily…

TASSPutin-Kerry talks in Moscow focus on Syria, Ukraine, fight against terrorism

ABC NewsAssad Can Stay, for Now: Kerry Accepts Russian Stance

Other news around the world…

Washington Free BeaconChinese Submarine Practiced Missile Attack on USS Reagan

ReutersObama expected to move on Taiwan arms sales before year-end

XinhuaChina, Azerbaijan sign deals on Silk Road cooperation

HaaretzIsrael Revealed It Exported $400k in Gold to North Korea

Yonhap News AgencyS. Korea-Israel FTA to foster ‘creative economy’: envoy

N. Korea develops H-bomb, Kim Jong-un says

Foreign PolicyIndia Is Building a Top-Secret Nuclear City to Produce Thermonuclear Weapons, Experts Say

Indian ExpressDavid Headley is pardoned, turns 26/11 approver – for background on Headley, see Aangirfan: DAVID HEADLEY – ‘DRUG DEALER AND CIA AGENT’. For the level of corruption in Mumbai, see the Benar News article we had linked in our Nov. 21 installment.

Intelligence OnlineKashoggis reappear under Salman – for background, see the Obscurantist’s dossier on Adnan Kashoggi.

Wayne Madsen ReportDecember 15-16, 2015 — NATO nations cooperate in training and recruiting jihadists

Serbian and Russian intelligence operatives in the Balkans have pinpointed Turkish and Albanian government-supported radical mosques that are radicalizing Albanian Muslims from Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia for the Islamic State (Da’esh) ranks in Syria and Iraq…

The Albanian mosques, chiefly financed by money from Saudi Arabia, have churned out hundreds of Albanian Muslim fighters for the Da’esh jihad in Syria and Iraq. Many have flown unhindered from Tirana to Istanbul and onward passage to the Da’esh killing fields of Syria and Iraq. The radical mosques are located in the suburbs of Tirana, Leshnice, Cerrik, Librazhd, Pogradec, and Elbasan. Some of the jihadist recruits also studied at Islamic schools in Saudi Arabia courtesy of Saudi government full scholarships.

One of the Albanian jihadist cells in Kosovo, operating from Kacanik, was planning to assassinate Pope Francis I in Rome. Still, the Obama administration refuses to crack down on jihadist cells operating from Kosovo, a nation that hosts one of the largest U.S. military bases in Europe at Camp Bondsteel.

Rather than concentrate Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. Special Forces assets against Islamic State recruiting activities in Albania, the Obama administration has given the green light to another “themed revolution” against Serbia and the Bosnian Serb Republic to prevent the two Serb state entities from uniting into a single country. The Serbs and Bosnian Serbs have been proactive in conducting operations against Islamist cells within their nations as seen last month with “The Shield” counter-terrorism exercise conducted by 500 military, intelligence, and paramilitary personnel. Dozens of Bosnian Muslims, fresh from fighting for ISIL in Syria, have been tracked back to Bosnia-Herzegovina where they have been probing potential terrorist targets in Banja Lujka and Brcko in the Bosnian Serb Republic…

InSerbiaTurkey and Croatia most active in spying Serbia

B92Serbian weapons exported on board U.S. Air Force planes

BuzzfeedMobbed Up: Arms Dealer In American Anti-ISIS Effort Linked To Organized Crime

Activist PostMercenaries In Yemen Tied To Blackwater According To Media Reports

Middle East Eye (AFP) – Saudi coalition accused of bombing Yemen schools

Yemen News AgencyQahir 1 rocket launched against Saudi Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushait

RTRole of Saudi-led ‘military alliance’ put to question as some members reject participation

PieczenikThe House of Islam is Starting to Collapse

MirrorHackers trace ISIS Twitter accounts back to internet addresses linked to Department of Work and Pensions

Washington TimesU.S. has mapped Islamic State propaganda centers, won’t launch strikes

Alleged victim of one of ISIL’s most gruesome video productions is still alive, according to claim…

Fars News AgencyFormer ISIL Hostage: Jordanian Pilot Still Alive

A wounded Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is said to be in the Qaddafis’ home town of Sirte…

ISIL Leader Moves to Libya

Meanwhile…

Daily SabahSon of late Libyan dictator Gaddafi released after brief kidnap in Lebanon

Hurriyet Daily NewsAgreement reached on political solution to Libya conflict: Officials

Middle East EyeThe West wants unity in Libya so it can bomb it

Maghreb ConfidentialAl-Thani wants a new boss at the LIA

Asia TimesMembers of Qatari ruling family kidnapped in Iraq while hunting

Caucasian KnotNative of Dagestan declared killed during special operation in Kiev

RT‘Street-style brawl’: Ukrainian minister throws glass of water at ex-Georgian president

Zero HedgeCaught On Tape: Ukraine Premier Assaulted In Parliament

TASSPutin instructs Finance Ministry to sue Ukraine for failure to pay debt to Russia

BloombergIMF Eases Lending Policy in Move Helping Ukraine in Bond Feud

Counterpunch (Michael Hudson) – The IMF Joins the New Cold War

Buenos Aires HeraldPresident skips Senate to name two Supreme Court justices

TeleSURMauricio Macri Prepares to Scrap Argentina’s Media Law

World TribuneNew Argentine president opts to scrap Iran accord

Latin American Herald TribuneMediator: New Argentine Government Intends to Negotiate with Holdout Hedge Funds

US Aircraft Carrier George Washington Task Force Monitors Venezuela Elections

Venezuela AnalysisMaduro asks Cabinet to Resign, Plans Restructuring in Face of Electoral Defeat

Radio HavanaDeclaration by the Revolutionary Government of Cuba on Migration

L.A.TimesAs migrant children surge at border, federal officials plan for more shelters

Financial Times (quoted at Zero Hedge) – Why Brussels wants to police EU’s borders

Blacklisted News (Jake Anderson) – Declassified CIA Manual Shows How US Uses Bureaucracy to Destabilize Governments

Or to keep corrupt governments in place…

Black Agenda Report (Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo) – Chicago: Another Department of Justice Investigation?

Sipsey Street IrregularsSupreme Court green lights the next American civil war.

APGun sales: White House to seek expanded background checks

Texas TribuneUT-Austin: Fake Mass Shooting Not Welcome on Campus

Counter Current NewsThird Eyewitness To San Bernardino Shooting Says It Wasn’t ‘Terror Couple’ Who Carried Out Attack

FOX NewsWhistleblower: DHS Pulled Plug on Surveillance That Could’ve ID’ed CA Terrorists (sic)

Bank records show $28,500 deposit to Syed Farook’s account two weeks before the shooting, source says

Tashfeen Malik reportedly passed background checks despite questionable social media posts

There is much more to this story – Wayne Madsen reports:

Tashfeen Malik passed background tests for K-1 visa. What the media is getting wrong is that the visa application process in Pakistan, like everywhere else, is OUTSOURCED out to foreign national contractors!! From the U.S. embassy in Islamabad: “The Embassy and Consulate General of the United States of America in Islamabad and Karachi, Pakistan will transition to a new appointment and document delivery service for the non-immigrant visa unit as of August 24, 2014. This new system, which is being implemented in phases at U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide, is designed to be more comprehensive and user-friendly. It replaces the current appointment system of scheduling at Amex and Speedex locations in Pakistan, though these contractors will also be involved in the new system.”

In 2007, WMR reported on how US embassy foreign national officers outsource visa processing work to their local cronies. The corporate media, always eager to support outsourcing, ignored the story until San Bernardino.

The U.S. visa processing system is rife with fraud and Hillary Clinton did nothing to reform it when she was Secretary of State. In fact, as seen with Malik in Pakistan, it became worse.

SputnikGun Used in Paris Attacks Came Through Notorious Florida Dealer

The Century International Arms company, owned and run by the Sucher family for over 50 years, first made headlines in the fall of 2011. WikiLeaks releases from that time suggest that an Israeli gun merchant named Ori Zoller was the middlemen in an illegal sale to the Century International Arms of WW-2-era M1 rifles originally donated by the US to Guatemala.

RT (citing WaPo) – FBI admits using Stingrays, hacking computers and software

Defense OneMeet the Military-Funded AI that Learns as Fast as a Human

PoliticoAmerica’s secret arsenal

Privacy SOSCongress sneaks massive surveillance expansion into budget

Empty WheelSo-Called Oversight in OmniCISA

GuardianCall for Ray Bradbury to be honoured with internet error message

Memory HoleInfoWars article on Sandy Hook book ban scrubbed – even from Google cache

InfowarsAlex Jones Defends Donald Trump

We haven’t seen this kind of confabulatory apologetic since the hey-day of the Obama-zombies…

Greencrow As the Crow FliesTrump–just another pressure release valve in the US (s)election process…OR????

Donald has hatched a brilliant strategy to force the perps of 9/11 out into the open. By harping on Muslims…and demanding they be banned from the US, Trump will find out WHO it is that will oppose this decision most strongly (for “National Security” reasons…because Muslims do make EXCELLENT patsies). By demanding that “government representatives…figure out what’s going on…” isn’t Trump demanding a real investigation into 9/11 and all the other false flags?

Not everyone is drinking the kool-aid…

21st Century WireFear and Fascism: Trump now saying, ‘We need to do something about the internet’

Truth in MediaTrump Says He Supports Reauthorizing Patriot Act, NSA Metadata Collection

AangirfanCLINTON, TRUMP, MAFIA, CHILD ABUSE

Wxxx NewsJeb’s marker on Trump

Al MonitorTurkey prepares for Trump presidency

InfowarsPutin Endorses Trump

Miscellania…

APSecret Service officer slain in DC, had been suspended

DuPont, Dow Chemical seek merger, then 3-way split

Activist PostSaudi Princess Speaks Out Against Chemtrails and Geoengineering

CNNMalaysia hunts owners of Boeing 747s abandoned at airport

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch: New Benghazi Email Shows DOD Offered State Department “Forces that Could Move to Benghazi” Immediately – Specifics Blacked Out in New Document

Daily CallerEmail: Hillary Sought To Help Millionaire Son-In-Law’s Friend With State Department Business Meeting

Occupy.com (Andrew Gavin Marshall) – Exposing BlackRock: Who’s Afraid Of Laurence Fink and His Overpowering Institution?

Zero HedgeFed Hikes Rates, Unleashing First Tightening Cycle In Over 11 Years

Australian Police Storm Home Of Outed Bitcoin “Founder”

33rd SquareGoogle Test Has Confirmed D-Wave Quantum Computers are Actually Working, and it Could Mean Major Advances are Near

Information WeekSpy Agencies Fund IBM’s Quantum Computing Research

TelegraphBritish spooks ‘could hack into children’s toys for spying’

Vice MotherboardSomeone Will Eventually Use CRISPR to Try to Make a Dragon or Unicorn

If Fukushima doesn’t mutate a Godzilla first…

ENENewsReport: “Red Alert! Sharp increase in radiation… at Fukushima” — Levels spike 400,000% under plant — Almost 1,000,000,000 becquerels per cubic meter — TV: Officials investigating cause

Former Official: Fukushima is “unstoppable”… Journalists withholding shocking information… Huge amounts of radiation are pouring out, “very serious” for Pacific Ocean — Plant Chief: “This is something that has never been experienced”… We must invent new science for unprecedented catastrophe

Japan Times (Mina Pollmann op-ed) – Secrets law, one year later

On a lighter note…

NPRTrump To Jewish Republicans: ‘I’m A Negotiator Like You Folks’

APIsrael’s ‘1st canine’ quarantined for biting Hanukkah guests

American Free PressBarack Obama’s ‘Birthplace’ a Tourist Attraction in Kenya

Headlines of interest, early December 2015…

Who did it?…

RTSyria slams US-led coalition deadly strike against troops as ‘act of aggression’

Middle East EyeUS official says Russian strike killed Syrian soldiers: Report

So much for the pact?…

DEBKAfile (mirrored at End Times Prophecy)- The Secret Euphrates Pact between Obama and Putin

Both the US and Russian presidents opted to take charge of Kurdish areas in Syria and Iraq, using the Euphrates as the dividing line between them. – jpg

Russia taking areas West of the Euphrates…

Daily SabahRussia supports PKK-affiliate YPG with airstrikes in Azaz, Aleppo

..and the U.S. regions to the East – though in Syria’s Hasaka region it was already becoming a fait accompli…

Fars News AgencyUS Building Military Airbase in Northeastern Syria

Was this agreement what prompted (or green-lighted) Turkey to escalate in Iraq?…

New Eastern Outlook (Martin Berger) – Erdogan Launched a Military Invasion of Iraq

While suffering huge financial losses due to continuous strikes carried out by Russia’s warplanes against the supply lines of ISIL in Syria used for oil smuggling, Tayyip Erdogan has decided to take under his personal control ISIL held oil fields in Iraq, taking advantage of the fact that Russia has not been fighting the Islamic State in this Arab country yet…

Hurriyet Daily NewsIraq calls on Turkey to ‘immediately’ withdraw its troops in Mosul

SputnikIraq Could Ask Russia for Help After ‘Invasion’ by Turkish Forces

Fars News AgencyPopular Forces’ Top Commander Warns to Target US Bases, Turkey’s Military Interests in Iraq

RTArab League condemns Turkish ‘intervention’ in N. Iraq

Erdogan and Davutoğlu relent?…

DEBKAfileTurkey pulls troops out of Iraqi border after Baghdad protests

Not so fast – we should know better than to rely on the Mossad press room…

Penny for your thoughtsOver 48 hours later- Mosul Still in Iraq. And no “Sunnistan” on the Horizon?

WWIII alert: U.S. and Israel preparing for direct confrontation with Russia and Iran?…

ReutersIsrael trained against Russian-made air defense system in Greece: sources

The sources said a Russian S-300 anti-aircraft system, sold to Cyprus 18 years ago but now located on the Greek island of Crete, had been activated during joint drills between the Greek and Israeli air forces in April-May this year.

The activation allowed Israel’s warplanes to test how the S-300’s lock-on system works, gathering data on its powerful tracking radar and how it might be blinded or bluffed.

One defense source in the region said Greece had done so at the request of the United States, Israel’s chief ally, on at least one occasion in the past year. It was unclear whether Israel had shared its findings with its allies. – our emphasis

TASSKremlin confirms Russia started supplying S-300 missile systems to Iran

Putin to hold meeting with Russian Security Council members, Rostec CEO

Rostec is the manufacturer of not just the S-300 system, but also of the more powerful Antey-2500 on offer…

Russia offers Iran to replace S-300 with Antey-2500 — Rostec head

FOX NewsIran tests another mid-range ballistic missile in breach of UN resolutions

RTMoscow to deploy S-400 defense missile system to Khmeimim airbase in Syria

Alert 5 (citing Haaretz) – Israeli military: “We didn’t think even in our dreams that we’d see S-400 in our backyard”

Citing Spaceflight NowA military payload launched by Soyuz rocket may have failed to deploy

Washington Free BeaconRussia Flight Tests Anti-Satellite Missile

ExpressRussia prepares for nuclear war: ‘Doomsday’ plane could be ready to launch in TWO WEEKS

Global ResearchThe Turkish Assault on Russia’s SU-24 was Guided by the US Air Force

VoltairenetThe radar recordings of the Turkish attack on the Russian Su-24

Zero HedgeTurkey Detains Russian Ships In Black Sea, Blasts Moscow For Brandishing Rocket Launcher In Strait

ISIS Oil Plot Thickens: Turkish MP Has Evidence Erdogan’s Son-In-Law Involved In Illegal Crude Trade

ISIS Makes Major Move In Yemen, Assassinates Aden’s Governor After Executing Two Dozen Houthis

ReutersGerman Vice Chancellor warns Saudi Arabia over Islamist funding

TelegraphSaudi Arabia ‘destabilising Arab world’, German intelligence warns

Isil fundraiser flees UK despite terror watch

Ars TechnicaFrance looking at banning Tor, blocking public Wi-Fi

Marine Le Pen’s National Front receives significant gains in regional elections…

Les moutons enragésÉlections régionales: la France vire au bleu Marine…

This is rich. The “beeb” was among the most vociferous of cheerleaders for the overthrow of Qaddafi in 2011…

BBCMourning the death of the ‘messiah of Africa’

N.Y.TimesCivilian Deaths Raise Questions About C.I.A.-Trained Forces in Afghanistan

Defense NewsForeign Minister: China to Build Navy Base in Djibouti

War on the RocksWhat Are the Chinese up to in Australia?

CTV NewsTaiwan and China swap spy convicts in sign of goodwill after presidents’ meeting

SputnikGold-Backed Ruble, Yuan to Trigger Global De-Dollarization

Domestic U.S…

Zero HedgeAmericans Have Never Tried To Buy So Many Guns In November… Ever

Free Thought Project (CNN video) – Attorney for Family in San Bernardino Shooting: Official Story “Implausible” & “Doesn’t Add Up”

Intellihub (CBS video) – “It looked like their skin color was white […] they appeared to be tall”, says eyewitness

ReutersObama urges tech, law enforcement to address social media used for plots

Liberty BlitzkriegHow Obama is Using the Grossly Unconstitutional “No Fly List” to Push Gun Control

Washington’s BlogTop NSA Whistleblower: “Every Time There Is a Terrorist Attack, What We Really Need to Do Is Demand that They CUT the Budgets of All the Intelligence Agencies”

LaRouchies never quit…

Executive Intelligence Review (Jeffery Steinberg) – Don’t Criticize Obama—Crush Him!

LaRouchePACPutin Nails Obama, and LaRouche Drives it In

Miscellania…

RTUkrainian ultranationalists hold stolen Dutch paintings for ransom – museum

Daily MailGoogle is now after your blood: Patent reveals the firm is planning a ‘needle-free’ way to collect samples using smartwatches

33rd SquareGoogle’s Cloud Vision API Will Allow for Cloud Based Image, Face and Emotion Detection

ENENewsGov’t: Shutdown at U.S. nuclear plant after 10 control rods accidentally fall into reactor core — Caused by ‘smoldering’ event, Fire Brigade on scene — Incident of this type could lead to overheating, potentially resulting in ‘supercriticality’ — Official: No ‘immediate’ concern (VIDEO)

Former Japan Official: “Unstoppable contamination of Pacific Ocean… is seriously menacing US West Coast” — “Fukushima now undeniably a global security issue… can’t be brought under control by single state” — Experts: Wave of radiation will be 10 times more than entire world’s nuclear tests combined

SeemorerocksNews from COP21

HiduthA Look Inside a Billionaire’s Bunker Doomsday Escape for the Elite

TASSRussian manned mission to Moon to require up to six Angara rocket launches — source

Headlines of interest, November into December 2015…

Global ResearchTurkey’s Blockade of Russian Naval Vessels’ Access to the Mediterranean, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet Completely Cut Off

New Eastern Outlook (William Engdahl) – Erdogan’s Russian Roulette–Was It Only About Oily Revenge?

Strategic-Culture (Wayne Madsen) – Erdogan’s Close Ties to ISIL

Zero HedgeErdogan Says Will Resign If Oil Purchases From ISIS Proven After Putin Says Has “More Proof”

Russia Presents Detailed Evidence Of ISIS-Turkey Oil Trade

WillylomanErdoğan Calls Putin’s Bluff: Russia Backs Down

al-ArabyRaqqa’s Rockefellers: How Islamic State oil flows to Israel

Also flowing to Ukraine? Examination of AIS (Automatic Identification System) port of call data of ships belonging to BMZ Group (the maritime company of the accused, Bilal Erdoğan) finds discrepancies in times at sea before arriving at ports in Ukraine…

Novorossia TodayPétrole Clandestin : l’axe RAK : Raqqa – Ankara- Kiev en est il la clef de voûte ?

Translation of conclusions drawn:

The boats of it BMZ Group suspected of transporting the underground oil of Daesh, make themselves regularly in harbour secondary Ukrainian to the periphery of Odessa. Every week one of these oil tankers arrives at the Harbour of Nikolaïev.

Two – third of itineraries introduce abnormally long time, which could leave the time to make detours to load cargoes of smuggled oil in a harbour Turkish on the Black Sea.

If accusations carried against BMZ Group of the family Erdogan by Turkish CHP and Russia would be borne out, then the Ukraine would turn out to be the main customer for the oil of Daesh.

[Editor’s note: these conclusions will or will not be borne out by more detailed data found at MarineTraffic – of Turkter 81 for instance.]

Today’s ZamanTurkish generals arrested for inspecting weapons-filled trucks bound for Syria

TelegraphTurkey arrests editors over reports Ankara supplied weapons to Syrian fighters

Knights Templar International800 pump action shotguns on their way from Turkey to Jihadists in northern Europe seized by Italian police…

More evidence suggests Friday the 13th Paris attacks were Gladio ops…

WSWSNew data on police foreknowledge of terrorists raise questions on Paris attack

Who is Olivier Corel? The “white emir” was mentor to not only the brothers Fabian and Jean-Michel Clain, the voices claiming the recent Paris attacks for Islamic State, but also to Mohamed Merah of the 2012 Toulouse attacks. He was arrested on Nov. 24 for possession of an illegal hunting rifle and given a six months prison sentence. He had previously evaded sentence for terrorism related charges…

Le MondeQui est « l’Emir blanc », mentor de djihadistes français ?

A rough but tidied translation of excerpts:

For more than a decade, this French naturalized Syrian, of his true name Abdel Ilat Al-Dandachi, is in the bad books of justice and policemen of antiterrorism. He had never been condemned. Having arrived in France in 1973, ex-responsible(?) for the Association of the Islamic students of France, close to Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, Olivier Corel founded, in 1987, the Islamic community of the hamlet ariégeois of Lanes, near Artigat, in the valley of Lèze. From there, he taught salafist word, under the pretense of lesson of religion and conferences on the geopolitics in Middle East…

Olivier Corel especially had as pupils the brothers Clain, Fabien and Jean-Michel. Of origin réunionnaise, converted and married to two women carrying the burqa, their two voices were identified on the audio band of claim of the murder attempts of Paris by IS. Both diligently saw frequently the community of Artigat since the end of 1990s.

In 2009, Olivier Corel was definitely followed for « criminal conspiracy in touch with a terrorist firm » as part of the trial of one of the first courses of study dismantled by candidate’s dispatch in the jihad in Iraq. But he acquired a dismissal. Sabri Essid took the rap at a sentence of five years of prison, as did Fabien Clain, convicted in 2009.

In November, 2014, Olivier Corel was once again held for questioning, as part of affair Merah. But it still came out again free there. He then asserted having met Mohamed Merah only a dozen days before his first murder. The young man had come to consult it in his home of Artigat for a « question linked to divorce in Islam », he had supported. During his hearing, it refused to condemn the killer on the scooter.

BloombergGerman Police Arrest Suspected Arms Dealer

Authorities declined to comment on a report in Bild newspaper alleging the man supplied weapons used in the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead…

Wayne Madsen Report (Hausfrauleaks) – Terror attacks allegedly foiled at German soccer match – Gladio Strategy of Tension against Europe continues

Jon RappaportTraining exercises dovetail with mass shootings

Including the latest, stateside…

21st Century WireDaily Shooter: San Bernardino Evidence of Multi-Agency Drill, Staging Areas, Set-up in Less Than 90 Minutes

On cue…

L.A.TimesWhite House plans executive action to expand background checks for gun sales

Ammoland (David Codrea) – Opportunists Blaming Constitutionalists for Planned Parenthood Murders

Race card Gladio USA…

Unicorn RiotWhite Supremacists Shoot Five Protesters and MPD Attacks #Justice4Jamar Crowd

ABC NewsProtests Erupt in Chicago After Video of Laquan McDonald Being Shot by Police Released

DNAinfoLaquan McDonald Video Shows Police Shooting Him 16 Times (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

American ThinkerThreat that shut down University of Chicago was to kill white students or staff

In other news around the world…

Intellihub‘Executive Powers’ used to arrest 24 protesters ahead of major climate summit

Boiling Frogs Post (Filip Kovacevic) – Stoltenberg in Belgrade, Biden in Zagreb

N.Y.TimesISIS’ Grip on Libyan City Gives It a Fallback Option

Long War JournalAl Qaeda seizes town, provincial capital in southern Yemen

Foreign PolicyWhy Is Bahrain Outsourcing Extremism?

Memory HoleSITE Intelligence, CNN Allege “ISIS” Has Beheaded Russian Spy

Middle East MonitorIsrael meets with Google and YouTube to discuss censoring Palestinian videos

Russia InsiderWar Returns to Ukraine

Eurasia ReviewSão Tomé E Príncipe: A Key Piece In Beijing’s Chessboard? – Analysis

38 NorthNew Nuclear Test Tunnel Under Construction at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

L.A.TimesAir Force hires civilian drone pilots for combat patrols; critics question legality

RTRussia offers to help Japan shut down Fukushima reactors

ENENewsAP: “Alarming signs of oceanic distress” on West Coast — Record number of stranded seal pups, nearly 2,000% of normal levels — “Bags of skin and bones” — “In our 40 year history we’ve never seen this many animals”

Natural BlazeMonsanto’s Spy Software to Control the Entire Agriculture Market

Empty WheelInteresting Tidbits from the House Intelligence Authorization

The Government Wants You To Forget It Will Still Collect Your Phone Records in Bulk

Eli Lake Defends the “Rectal Feeding” Consensus in DC

Sharyl AttkissonHillary Clinton’s Email: the Definitive Timeline

AangirfanALEX JONES SUPPORTS TRUMP, THE FRIEND OF EPSTEIN AND ISRAEL

Antiwar (Grant Smith) – The Jonathan Pollard Affair: Unanswered Questions Abound